Heartburn Treatment – Canton, OH

Heartburn is a common malady, especially after eating spicy or greasy foods, or over indulging. The small sphincter muscle at the join of the esophagus and stomach normally prevents food and stomach acid from traveling back up, but when it is weakened or overtaxed, heartburn can result. A hiatal hernia occurs when part of the stomach pushes through the opening in the diaphragm through which the esophagus travels. Often it’s unnoticed unless discovered when your doctor is diagnosing another condition, but large hiatal hernias can cause recurring heartburn. Luckily we have some heartburn treatment options and remedies we suggest for you below!

Common Causes


Occasional heartburn can be traced to overindulgence, or eating greasy or spicy food. Some other common contributing factors include:heartburn-treatment

  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Lying down immediately after eating
  • Tight clothing
  • Hiatal hernia

Heartburn Treatment


Occasional heartburn can be treated using either home remedies or over the counter medications. Acid reflux may require medical interventions like prescription medication to reduce the acid in the stomach. A large hiatal hernia may require surgery to correct.

Diet and good eating habits are the first lines of defense against recurring heartburn. Combatting occasional heartburn? Try these remedies:

  • Chew gum to reduce the acid in the stomach
  • Avoid heartburn triggers like spicy food and overindulging
  • Sit upright for at least 20 minutes after eating
  • Avoid tight and restrictive clothing
  • Avoid smoking
  • OTC medications

Not all at-home heartburn treatments are created equal. Stirring a teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of water and drinking it to reduce acid, for example, is fine as an occasional remedy. Taken too often, however, baking soda can irritate the stomach lining and lead to ulcers. Be sure to consult your doctor before trying any home heartburn treatments.


If you have any further questions don’t hesitate to contact us!


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About the Author

Giovanni B. Ciuffo, MD Director is an expert in Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery and Bloodless Heart Surgery is the outcome of his commitment to the development and improvement of both of these techniques. He runs a Cardiothoracic Surgery practice and manages Minimally Invasive and Bloodless Heart Surgery Program where he cares for patients from all over the country and locally. Click here to learn more about Dr. Ciuffo.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery